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NO COMMENT: It's Not Too Late

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Artist: NO COMMENT (@)
Title: It's Not Too Late
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Nano Pop (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Coming from the double CD titled "Best Of No Comment 1992-2004", "It's Not Too Late" is a enjoyable electronic pop track as well the other four are ("Polygon", "Random Love - tabloid remix", "Fight - remix 2002" and "2nd Class Man"), along with the other two remixed versions of the main title. I don't dig Franziska's voice that much but it's functional for the tracks. The single is released for the benefit of the charity organisation "Children from Chernobyl Help e.V." and is produced with José Alvarez-Brill. The compilation will be released the 22th of April and will allows free downloads of additional tracks for the buyer. If you love the German chart's electro pop try them.

BLANK: Brain Trigger

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Artist: BLANK (@)
Title: Brain Trigger
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Self Released
Gee, after their first release "42 4C 41 4E 4B", Blank did it again. If you want to refresh your memory just go in our archive section and read the review of that CD along with the interview I did. Anyway, for the lazy ones, just to make you understand, we're are talking about the most talented e.b.m. Italian band. I think that they're better of most of the foreign acts also but let's concentrate on this release for a moment. BRAIN TRIGGER contains seven killer tracks, highly melodic, pumpimg that can induce long dance attacks. Just listen to tracks like "Brainstreams" or "Perception" and you'll agree with me! As usual, for you greedy ones, the band allow you to download from their website high bitrate mp3s of all the tracks as well the artwork for you to print. Support them!

Shimri: Lilies of the Field

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Artist: Shimri (@)
Title: Lilies of the Field
Format: CD
Label: Art of Fact (@)
Solo project of Gary Dassing of Mentallo & the Fixer, Shimri is zapping electronic music with pounding indus beats, metallic sounds, bells, synthetic sounds, Microsoft wave files and other stuff (no vocals). The 12 tracks of "Lilies of the Field" usually go by the theme harder beat structures vs softer layers of sounds. Obviously totally computer-based, this minimal electro album samples the shit out the PC and probably tries to make it a leading theme as well. I haven't got any additional bio info but I visited Art of Fact records' nice website and they have some cool stuff planned so check it out!

VV.AA.: Syntonic Waves Vol.8

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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Syntonic Waves Vol.8
Format: CD
Label: Spheric Music (@)
Juergen Kern was the man behind vol. 1, back in 1991, and 11 years later, vol.8 is compiled by Lambert Ringlage, and puts together unreleased tracks of new synthetic electronics by Klangwelt, Michael Obermeier, Jonson, Wild Element, Gunnar Spardel, Gianfranco Grilli, Erik Seifert, Deep Tune, Palantir, Carloa Kern (I think I can guess who she is related to), Lambert, Faralley and Foreign Space. This compilation reminds me of some synth-scapes collections I used to get almost 10 years ago, maybe because it has a non-linear and different approach. There are no vocals and it makes you think about music for films. Even though I guess I am not supposed to think about it in cinematic terms, I do think that "Syntonic Waves" primary goal is to stay true to what electronic music once was and to re-present it in a more modern key... Think of Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, Can, Goblin, but don't try to think of these as models that have been emulated, rather think of them as patterns that seem to re-emerge from a new-born and more experimental breed of musical layers of synthetic, breezy and soft ethereal soundscapes. You may now enter the starship...

Geistform: Uno

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Artist: Geistform (@)
Title: Uno
Format: CD
Label: Daft (@)
Distributor: Tristol
From Rubi, Spain, near Barcelona, Rafael Martinez Espinosa aka Geistform has been producing electronic sounds since 1998. He uses the MS-20 samples as his main source and couples them with radio frequency signals and other questionable data. All this together gives life to a quite interesting and noisy form of experimental techno that has been compared to Esplendor Geometrico and Panasonic whose strongest points are the wide spectrum going from the deep droning 10-20Hz sub harmonics to the hi pitch 10-15kHz digital data. Such a wide headroom and full range of frequencies addressing your body creates truly good sounding and well produced album suitable both for intense home listening and for more alternative dance floors. This is "Uno", his debut album, and he's already impressive, we'll see where this goes, looks like a very promising direction so far.